We've been told that for months and months now.Syria's Leader Low on Cash—French Minister
PARIS—Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's regime is running out of cash to face the insurgency in the country and France plans to discuss with Russia ways to reduce Syrian government funding, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday.
The Syrian government has enough money to hold out for only a few months without the support of Russia and Iran as the repression costs about €1 billion ($1.23 billion) a month, Mr. Fabius said in an ...
I'm still waiting for the government to collapse.
And anyway, Russia and Iran can and will just find other loopholes to go through.
WRAPUP 4-U.N. monitors leave Syria, battles hit Damascus suburb
BEIRUT, Aug 20 (Reuters) - U.N. military observers departed Damascus on Monday after a four-month mission in which they became helpless spectators of Syria's conflict, and activists said government forces launched air strikes near the capital that killed two dozen people.
Helicopter gunships attacked Mouadamiya and Daraya, suburbs south of Damascus, activists and residents said, giving casualty tolls that could not be independently verified.
"It seems they suspected that there were rebels in the area," said an activist in Daraya, speaking on condition of anonymity. Gunships also appeared to hit targets in the western Damascus district of Kfar Souseh, a housewife said by phone.
Control of Mouadamiya has changed hands several times, as have many other places in a war with no clear front lines.France, which like the United States and Britain, says it is supplying only non-lethal assistance to the Syrian opposition, ruled out providing arms in case they fell into the wrong hands.
Qatar and Saudi Arabia are among countries arming the rebels, French Foreign minister Laurent Fabius said, whereas European countries had imposed an arms embargo on Syria.
"As for heavy weapons, especially to destroy planes, there is a huge problem. We cannot deliver weapons in conditions where the people we deliver to later use them against us," said Fabius, who will host a foreign ministers meeting on Syria at the United Nations on Aug. 30.
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There are reports that a Japanese journalist was killed in the Suleimaniyah neighbourhood on Aleppo, which has been the scene of fighting throughout the day. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the journalist was injured and taken to a hospital; activists on the ground have told Al Jazeera that he or she died after arriving there.
No more details at this point.
BREAKING: FSA in Mezzeh area of Damascus downs a regime army helicopter, it was shelling the area. No further information.
Sky News Ar quoting Mhd Hamza of the Syrian National Council saying body transferred to Damas from Moscow is of Maher. Who is Mhd. Hamza?
Sad confirmed news: Abdallah Al Ahmar, 2nd most imp. Baathist & lifelong comrade of Hafez Assad was arrested while attempting to defect.
Abdallah Al Ahmar was one of the 3 defectors I talked about earlier this week.
Every single long-time believer in Baath has just received a proverbial kick in the balls. Regardless if Abdullah made it out or not.
My source just told me that the body recieved from Moscow was of Air Force Intelligence Chief Jamil Hassan, not of Maher Assad.
BREAKING | The high ranking military person who died in a Moscow hospital is of Jamil Hassan, Head of Air Force Intelligence Directorate.
Directorate of Air Force Intelligence, Syria's most notorious mukhabarat agency, headed by Jamil Hassan, now KIA. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_For...ce_Directorate …
This death IS HUGE >>>>>>> Jamil Hassan
If Jamil Hasan death is true & he was in problem cell meeting, then those who's done it should be awarded the highest honer
Jamil Hasan is ruthless killer, his Air Force Intelligence is the brutal branch that tortured to death Hamza Khatib & Ghiath Matar
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?p...17848338242310Aleppo: ten martyrs and tens wounded as a result of a shell landing on a residential building in Meissar neighborhood opposite to the market
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?p...17848338242310Daraa: Ilma: Heavy shelling of the town from the military compound to the east of the town
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?p...17848338242310Daraa: Khirbet Ghazaleh: Shelling by mortars from the military compound to the east of the town
Idlib: Binnish: The town is subject to heavy air bombardment by helicopters